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Many of us are aware of our internal clock that influences when we are awake and alert versus tired or sleeping. This internal clock the circadian rhythm or sleep/wake cycle. It is basically a 24-hour internal clock that cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Larks (morning people) and owls (night people) have different […]
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“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ~Marcus Aurelius Death is fascinating, frightening, exciting, hideous, and inevitable. It is also unpredictable. Yesterday, I learned about the death of a man I care about deeply. The irony is that he had escaped death many, many times. […]
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A disturbing sentence jumped out at me in the January 2019 Scientific American. “Most cancer patients never get into lifesaving drug trials because of barriers at community hospitals,” wrote David H. Freedman in Out of Reach. Freedman reports that people who get their medical care away from big-name, big-city academic medical centers are less likely […]
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My mind plays tricks on me. Recently, I saw a title of a research article on the relationship between liver cancer and the often prescribed over-the-counter medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Since I was just finishing up a two-week course of PPIs, my mind leapt to the worst possible conclusions. It turns out […]
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In April, I usually try to write a humorous column in honor of April Fool’s Day.  Humor is vital to my health, and I believe there is a national shortage of levity. Today I’m keeping my blog short. I’ll leave it to you to judge whether this is comedy or tragedy, keeping in mind that […]
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Some of us are old enough to remember having preventable diseases. I recall measles, mumps, chicken pox and rubella (aka German measles). Each left a distinct memory. Measles were the worst. I remember hallucinating from the high fever I had. My mother got them and we had to endure my father’s burnt toast and overcooked […]
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April is National Donate Life Month.  Most of us know that we can donate blood and our organs. Did you know that after you die, your skin can help burn victims? Your corneas can give sight to two people. Upon death, there is the potential to donate your heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, intestines, skin, […]
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Exercise is not the best tool for weight loss. However, if you want to feel better, sleep better, reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, and feel like you can do everything better, exercise is the best tool in the toolbox. According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), some health benefits start […]
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Most of us are familiar with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This agency is largely responsible for the regulation and safety of food and drugs in this country.   Occasionally, the FDA attracts controversy. I am not going to step in to the storm of opinions about the FDA. Rather, I want […]
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Last year I gave up pursuing happiness and I am happier for it. Actually, I gave up pursuing everything. Instead of trying to be a better meditator, exerciser, sleeper and eater, I removed all the shoulds, whips and carrots, and just let myself be alive. The irony is that now I am a better meditator, […]
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